Ah….Spring! Our feet are emerging from their booted prisons. We’re stripping off socks and slipping on sandals here in Monmouth County as Mother Nature is finally delighting us with her balmy 60s and 70s. Toes, rejoice! It’s time for a pedicure.
If you’ve ever been to a nail salon for a pedicure, you know that it’s a great activity; it’s relaxing and when it’s over, your feet feel amazing. But if you’re not careful, it can also be sketchy and dangerous. It’s not that uncommon to get an infection from a nail salon whose hygiene practices are questionable.
Here’s what to look out for in a reputable salon:
- Oh – but first a word for men. Keep reading, because these tips apply to you, too! Almost all nail salons welcome both men and women. The same techniques that make women’s feet look and feel great will work for you (and you can skip the polish, if colored nails are not your thing).
- Proper training. The State of New Jersey requires all cosmetologists, including pedicurists, to be properly trained and licensed, and to renew their license every two years. If the salon license or individual’s license isn’t posted, ask to see it to make sure it’s up-to-date.
- Good hygiene. Make sure technicians wash their hands and clean their equipment in between the last client and you. Look for tools that are soaking in blue liquid, indicating proper sterilization.
- Correct technique. If your technician pulls out scissors to cut your cuticles, think twice. Cutting that soft tissue can lead to an infection, so ask them to gently push back your cuticle instead of cutting it. Be watchful and make sure they cut your toenails straight across, as curved toenails often lead to ingrown toenails.
If you’ve already got a foot issue such as tough calluses, ingrown toenails, or fungal toenails, then skip the pedicurist, no matter how qualified they are. Instead, make an appointment with us at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Center. Dr. Samantha Boyd, Dr. Jasen Langley, Dr. Hal Ornstein, and Dr. Katy Statler are expert podiatrists who can treat you to a safe and healthy pedicure at our office in Howell, NJ. Give us a call at (732) 905-1110.